“It has become clear to me that it will be better for me to withdraw and pave the way for change to unite the organization,” Parkin said in a written statement.
Parkin’s career at Adidas has been 23 years, said Adidas AG Supervisory Board Chairman Igor Landau, who said Parkin “has always acted in the best interests of our company and our people.”
“Her decision to leave the company reflects that commitment and her belief that the new human resources leader will best achieve the progress that Adidas needs at this time,” Landau said in a written statement.
Leaving on Tuesday, Parkin said she was committed to the company’s goals of becoming “more diverse, comprehensive and equitable”.
Adidas has said CEO Kasper Rorsted will take over the interim head of HR until a more permanent replacement is found.
Recently, Rorsted sponsored the global Board for Accelerating Inclusion and Equality for Adidas, which the company says involves internal decision-makers “from different racial and ethnic groups,” around the world.